A Perfectly Normal Family

Emma (11) har a perfectly normal family until one day it turns out her dad, Thomas, is transgender. As Thomas becomes Agnethe both father and daughter struggle to hold on to what they had while accepting that everything has changed. The story is based on the director’s own childhood, where her father changed his gender, and with this personal base the film has become a heartwarming reflection on the core family and the concept of normality. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (known from A Royal Affair) plays the father and does an impressive transformation from man to woman.

  • Program
  • Original title
    En helt almindelig familie
  • Director
    Malou Reymann
  • Producer
    Matilda Appelin, René Ezra
  • Writers
    Malou Reymann
  • Photo
    Sverre Sørdal
  • Actors
    Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Kaya Toft Loholt, Rigmor Ranthe
  • Playtime
    1 h 33 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Production
    Nordisk Film
  • Distributor
    Festival import

Call Mom!

Parents wait their entire lives for their children to say “Thank you!” and children, in turn, wait for an “I’m sorry!” This emotional deadlock is the premise of the comedy Call Mom! Niki is 35 but lives her life like a 25-year-old. Despite (or perhaps just because of) her mother worrying about her eternity-long teenage phase, Niki refuses to take any major life choices or start any deeper relationships. Niki and her mother can hardly coexist before the scuffle rolls in. As if they were deadly enemies, every word is interpreted, every gesture as a threat or an insult. At the same time, they want nothing more than to be able to communicate with each other. All of a sudden Niki is forced to come to grips with all of her relationships and past choices in life at the same time.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Ring mamma!
  • Director
    Lisa Aschan
  • Producer
    Anna-Maria Kantarius
  • Writers
    Lisa Aschan
  • Photo
    Linda Wassberg
  • Actors
    Sanna Sundqvist, Nina Gunke, Jonatan Rodriguez, Alexander Karim
  • Playtime
    1 h 41 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Garagefilm International
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Catwalk – From Glada Hudik to New York

Catwalk starts with Emma Örtlund, who has a disability, writing a letter to Pär Johansson, the founder of the Glada Hudik Theater in Sweden. She asks for help to fulfill her dream of becoming a model, and Pär takes on the challenge. Together with the Glada Hudik Theater, which consists of a group of interesting characters, each with their own disabilities, they embark on an exciting journey. Catwalk will in a charming and thought-provoking way make it easier for the world to understand and respect these beautiful people. It’s their turn to shine! This is a charming and heartwarming story that takes us from an old industrial  in Hudiksvall to the big fashion week in New York.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Catwalk - från Glada Hudik till New York
  • Director
    Johan Skog
  • Producer
    Pelle Ohrgren, Helene Adler, Jan Bernhardsson
  • Writers
    Therese Bringholm, Lia Cederström, Johan Skog
  • Photo
    Linn Marnfeldt, Björn Tjärnberg
  • Actors
    Pär Johansson, Emma Örtlund, Nicklas Hillberg, Ida Johansson, Kitty Jonsson
  • Playtime
    1 h 35 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Storyfire
  • Distributor
    Festival import

Charter

Alice hasn’t seen her two children in months. After a recent and difficult divorce, her ex-husband keeps them from her as they await the final custody verdict in Northern Sweden. But when her son calls her in the middle of the night weeping helplessly, Alice can wait no longer. In a last and desperate attempt, Alice arrives in the North, only to have her hopes of reconciliation with her children crushed upon arrival. Now just one path remains open to her: Alice abducts her children and heads to a charter resort in the Canary Islands. With the clock ticking, Alice does what she can to rekindle her children’s love and trust, under the pressure of discovery and the risk of losing them completely.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Charter
  • Director
    Amanda Kernell
  • Producer
    Lars G. Lindström, Eva Åkergren
  • Writers
    Amanda Kernell
  • Photo
    Sophia Olsson
  • Actors
    Ane Dahl Torp, Sverrir Gudnason, Eva Melander
  • Playtime
    1 h 34 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Film i Västerbotten, Filmpool Nord
  • Distributor
    Festival import

Echo

Christmas is approaching in Iceland, and a remarkable atmosphere is setting over the country. An abandoned farm is on fire, a children’s choir is singing Christmas carols, a museum worker is arguing on the phone, a young girl is getting her mum to try on VR glasses. In 56 scenes from Iceland during Advent, Rúnar Rúnarsson paints a bittersweet picture of a modern society. The scenes are sorted chronologically from mid-December to the start of the new year, and apparently have nothing in common but the fact that they take place in Iceland. With such a limited starting point, one can imagine a monotonous and boring film, but the breadth of the stories that are told and the people we meet create a touching and fun kaleidoscope of moments from the saga island.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Bergmál
  • Director
    Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Producer
    Live Hide, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Writers
    Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Photo
    Sophia Olsson
  • Playtime
    1 h 19 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Production
    Nimbus Iceland, Pegasus Pictures
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Forest Giant

Pasi returns to his childhood town when asked to reconfigure the local plywood factory. With a child on the way with his upper-class wife, Pasi sees an opportunity – this is his ticket to climb the professional ladder in the company. On arrival, he bumps into his childhood friend Janne, who works in the factory he is about to downsize. Pasi begins to struggle with the fact that he is supposed to care for the profits – not for the people. Although the subject matter seems to be rather glum, there is some humor to be found in the story, just like in Miika Nousiainen’s bittersweet novel, which the film is based on.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Metsäjätti
  • Director
    Ville Jankeri
  • Producer
    Jukka Helle, Risto Salomaa, Markus Selin
  • Writers
    Ville Jankeri, Timo Turunen
  • Photo
    Aarne Tapola
  • Actors
    Jussi Vatanen, Sara Soulié, Hannes Suominen
  • Playtime
    1 h 27 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Finland
  • Production
    Solar Films
  • Distributor
    Festival import

Games People Play

A comedy about the the tragedy of being forever young. An old group of friends gathers to celebrate Mitzi’s surprise birthday party over a nostalgic weekend at an idyllic seaside villa – just like they used to do as teenagers. Familiar surroundings and the old rituals get to the core of the group and make them forget their adulthood. Revelations, not meant to harm the balance, make them reassess their past as well as their present. The combination of edgy characters, painfully raw humor with heart and an element of danger makes Games People Play an odd mixture of darkness and light – heart-warming satire if you wish.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Seurapeli
  • Director
    Jenni Toivoneimi
  • Producer
    Elli Toivoneimi
  • Writers
    Jenni Toivoneimi
  • Photo
    Jarmo Kiuru
  • Actors
    Laura Birn, Emmi Parviainen, Paula Vesala, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Eero Milonoff, Christian Hillborg, Samuli Niittymäki, Paavo Kinnunen
  • Playtime
    1 h 57 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Finland
  • Production
    Tuffi Films
  • Distributor
    Festival import

My Favorite War

My Favorite War teaches the global value of freedom and demonstrates how a very personal story can be of universal interest».  A quote from the Annecy Festival where the film won the award for best feature. This is a personal, animated documentary that tells the story of the director growing up in Latvia, part of the Soviet Union, from 1970 to 1990. The regime used World War II as a significant ideological weapon to intimidate and oppress the population during the Cold War. When Ilze discovers the remains of a German soldier in her sandbox, she begins looking for other stories buried underneath the propaganda. “I had to make a choice then – who do I want to become and what do I believe in? Questions young generations are asking themselves today”.

  • Program
  • Original title
    My Favorite War
  • Director
    Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
  • Producer
    Trond Jacobsen, Guntis Trekteris
  • Writers
    Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
  • Playtime
    1 h 23 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway, Latvia

The Day We Died

An icy cold Europe in 2015. People are slowly but surely beginning to move on after the shock of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris earlier that winter. In Copenhagen, Omar, recently released from prison, has his own agenda. Meanwhile, filmmaker Finn, Jewish watchman Dan and worn-out officer Rico live their various everyday lives without knowing that they will soon have crossed Omar’s path during a deadly night. The film is based on the real terrorist attack on Kulturhuset Krudttønden and Copenhagen Synagogue in February 2015.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Krudttønden
  • Director
    Ole Christian Madsen
  • Producer
    Malene Blenkov
  • Writers
    Ole Christian Madsen, Lars K. Andersen
  • Photo
    John Christian Rosenlund
  • Actors
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jakob Oftebro, Lars Brygmann, Albert Arthur Armirjan, Adam Buschard
  • Playtime
    1 h 43 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Production
    Creative Alliance
  • Distributor
    Festival import

The Exception

The Danish thriller The Exception is based on Christian Jungersen’s bestseller about four colleagues who sink further and further into a macabre power game. We follow Iben and Malene, who together with two other women work at the Danish Center for Information on genocide. Iben has been exposed to a traumatic experience, and Malene is struggling with severe arthritis. However, these problems become insignificant when they both begin to receive extremely unpleasant death threats. If there is one thing work has taught them, it is that everyone is capable of murder. Jesper W. Nielsen’s film adaptation is a nerve-wracking thriller that explores how refined bullying from adults can develop into a game of life and death.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Undtagelsen
  • Director
    Jesper W. Nielsen
  • Producer
    Signe Emilie Bjørke, Marcella Linstad Dichmann, Miriam Nørgaard
  • Writers
    Christian Torpe
  • Photo
    Erik Zappon
  • Actors
    Sidse Babett Knudsen, Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin, Magnus Krepper
  • Playtime
    1 h 55 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Production
    Fridthjof Film
  • Distributor
    Festival import

The Good Traitor

Inspired by actual events, The Good Traitor is the thrilling story of one man’s impassioned resistance to the Nazis. In 1939, Henrik Kauffmann is serving his post in Washington as the Danish Ambassador to the United States. When German troops invade and occupy Denmark, Kauffmann declares himself to be the only true representative of a free Denmark in opposition to the Nazis. In the face of growing threats and accusations of high treason, Kauffmann attempts to gain the trust of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Kauffmann must gamble his legacy, his family and the trust of his nation, to resist the Nazi occupation.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Vores mand i Amerika
  • Director
    Christina Rosendahl
  • Producer
    Jonas Frederiksen
  • Writers
    Kristian Bang Foss, Christina Rosendahl, Dunja Gry Jensen
  • Photo
    Louise McLaughlin
  • Actors
    Ulrich Thomsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Denise Gough, Zoé Tapper, Henry Goodman
  • Playtime
    1 h 50 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Production
    Nimbus FIlm
  • Distributor
    Festival import

The Last Fishing Trip

The Last Fishing Trip can best be described as Hangover meets Sideways in Iceland. Six friends go on their yearly fishing trip, leaving wives and worries at home. Things get out of hand from the beginning and spiral downward. Afterward their spirits are crushed by a massive hangover and they try to postpone the consequences of their behavior for as long as possible.

This is the first feature film for the duo Arnarson og Hardarson, and they have managed to make a charming feelgood movie out of their portrayal of six rather pitiful and obnoxious men, which was a huge box-office in Iceland.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Síðasta veiðiferðin
  • Director
    Þorkell S. Harðarson, Örn Marinó Arnarson
  • Producer
    Þorkell S. Harðarson, Örn Marinó Arnarson
  • Writers
    Þorkell S. Harðarson, Örn Marinó Arnarson
  • Photo
    Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
  • Actors
    Halldór Gylfason, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Hjálmar Hjálmarsson, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson
  • Playtime
    1 h 30 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Markell
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport